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Juan Gurrea Rumeu

Architecture Portfolio

Juan Gurrea Rumeu

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EDUCATION 2014 – 2016 Royal College of Art School of Architecture, London. MA Architecture (RIBA Part 2). Thesis Project published on July 2013 Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Summer School “Waterworld”. 2010 – 2013 Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Bsc Architecture (RIBA Part 1). Prof. Peter Salter – Final project Tutor. 2009 – 2010 Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) Art Foundation, specialising in Architecture. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE September 2013 – January 2014 Vector Architects, Beijing. Architectural Assistant: Took active part in the conceptual and schematic development of two large projects: a Civic Centre in Kunshan and a Primary School in Shenzhen. Producing concept sketches, physical models and 3d visualisations and communicating them through visual and verbal presentations. January 2014 – September 2014 Gurusami, Barcelona. Architectural Designer and Developer: Worked, in collaboration with another architect, in the total refurbishment of two singular apartments in Barcelona; and individually in the partial renovation of a loft. Being able to experience all stages of the projects and to work closely with the contractors. SKILLS Architectural Design, Rendering and Image Editing; Physical Modelling; Critical, Conceptual and Creative Thinking; Hand Drawing; Visual, Verbal and Written Communication; Research; Leadership; Team Working. Software Advanced: Rhinoceros, Vray for 3DSMax, Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office. Basic: SketchUp, Revit. OTHERS Present Freelance Artist and Illustrator, completing private commissions and currently working on an exhibition. Samples of work on Tumblr: From October 2016 Founding Member of the creative community Soho House Barcelona. January 2015 Two Week Workshop at the Senseable City Lab, Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). November 2014 First year Architecture Guest Critic at the University of Westminster, London. May – June 2012 Team Leader at a International Architecture Workshop organised jointly by Cardiff University and Tianjin University; taking place both in China and Wales. 2011 – 2012 International Secretary at SAWSA (Student Association of the Welsh School of Architecture).

Nocton Post Farm

Ever since the first agricultural revolution in the Neolithic, farming has been responsible for a radical transformation of the natural environment and a key player in global urbanisation. Increasing demands for production have resulted in industrial food worlds, globally connected formations that have a strong presence in the landscape. In the UK, a failed application to build an “American Style� 8,000 cow factory farm in the village of Nocton, Lincolnshire, created a precedent for the country’s future farming policy. It was seen by many as a serious threat, bringing up issues regarding animal welfare, pollution or disease control. However, I was particularly interested in the spatial and aesthetic concerns for protecting the distinctive character of the English countryside, a relatively recent manmade creation that operates like a continuous

system of food production. The Nocton Dairies case exemplified a farming crisis currently taking place in Britain: Traditional small-scale farming can no longer meet market demands, while industrial agriculture fails to provide a sustainable long term solution. These two premises set the starting point for the project, which uses radical artificiality as a tool to save the countryside. The proposal, Post Farm, is a machine in the garden that produces GM algae to grow in-vitro meat; establishing a paradigm shift in the way we relate to our food and the animals it comes from. This new technology allows us to save 99% of the landscape previously used for food production, generating possibilities for re-wilding and establishing new boundaries between the natural, pastoral and the technological.

RCA MA Thesis Project

Nocton, Lincolnshire, UK RCA MA Thesis Project

Top Left. Masterplan showing the farm and its context. Top right. Axonometric view of the central machine, surrounded by the top plantation, a key landscape feature on the centre of the site. Bottom. Concept collage displaying a British countryside that has a glitch and is updating/evolving. It is meant to be read as a subjective timeline of recent agricultural history, a “scanned� landscape composed by iconic elements that gradually mutate into absolute artificiality. It is, thus, a journey of association and estrangement that follows a sequential and aesthetic construction logic made of photographs, renderings and textures overlaid and disarticulated.

Top. Perspective view of the tower and the bioreactor plant. Bottom. Perspective view from within the courtyard.

“a synthetic meat production machine in the garden.�

Top. Long section through the central machine. Bottom. General Plan of the central machine.

“saving 99% of the landscape previously used for food production.�

“establishing new boundaries between the natural, pastoral and the technological.�


Scunthorpe Digital Community

Scunthorpe, home of the United Kingdom’s largest steel processing centre, is also known as the “Industrial Garden Town”. Its development has been truncated by the considerable downsizing of traditional heavy industry from the 1980’s. As a consequence, the local labour force mainly comprises semi-skilled and unskilled workers, and in the 2001 census 19.3% of the working age population were economically inactive. The progressive automation of the manual working processes will reduce almost completely the need for workers from the urban areas of Scunthorpe. The meaningful relationship between people and factories, the town icons that for years have assured economic security for most families, will disappear. This Inevitable dystopia of a post-industrial future is the starting point for the project; the

situation of decay and social degeneration is seen as an opportunity to explore a paradigm shift through architecture. Although physically isolated after its decline, Scunthorpe is still active on the internet and social networks. The proposal, a digital community, uses sentiment data analysis to record people’s online thoughts, feelings or interests that eventually help them find suitable jobs based on their previously unknown talents. The architectural interventions of the digital community are a series of easy-to-assemble steel grid pavilions that adapt to the growing demands dictated by the community network. They are embedded into derelict back gardens, offering both large open spaces for outdoor activities, small studios for artists or music rehearsals, workshops, event spaces, kitchens, event spaces...

RCA MA 1st year Project

Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, UK RCA MA First Year Project

Left. Perspective view of the digital community seen through a backstreet. Top Right. Axonometric view of the community built between terraced houses. Bottom Right. Construction diagrams and details.

Lessons From Tahrir Parliament Square, London, UK WSA Bsc Final Project

The Egyptian spring showed to the world an example of how the power of the people could defeat an unfair political system. Tahrir Square, previously a traffic island, was occupied, rearranged and filled with energy and idealism. Although powered by the internet and the social media, the success was owed to the millions of Egyptians who physically protested against the regime. What really interested me was the path an idea would follow after landing on the square, flowing through the crowds in the form of a Chinese whisper. I extrapolated my knowledge on the Tahrir occupation to regenerate and give a new meaning to London’s Parliament Square, An open public space surrounded by the most significant representative buildings of the state: Treasury, Church (Westminster

Abbey), Parliament and Supreme Court; four elements that compose an ideal architectural framework for demonstrations. I created an underground ring, a ‘whispering tunnel’ that connects the existing buildings with 4 new artefacts of protest: A MicroCredit Bank, a Multi-Confessional Chapel, a Popular Debate Chamber and a Citizens Advice Bureau. The tunnel reveals information contained within the existing bodies of power, while helping new ideas circulate. Providing a journey of whispers that varies according to specific topics (Religion, Politics, Economy or Law) and different levels of acoustic permeability. The result is an architectural proposal that generates a perpetual debate between people and the state, triggering events and increasing the voice of protestors.

Top Right. Axonometric views of the four pavilions facing the existing building they respond to. Bottom. Perspective view of the whispering tunnel.

WSA Bsc Final Project

Top Left. Perspective view at ground level during a protest.


Barcelona Left to right Full renovation of an apartment in the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona. Full renovation of an apartment in the Eixample, Barcelona. Partial renovation of an apartment in Gracia, Barcelona.

Vector Architects Zu Chongzhi Plaza Kunshan

Beijing Primary School Shenzhen

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